A happy letter
“I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.” I love the musical quality of this part of first John. He writes to children because they have been forgiven and know the Father. He writes to fathers because they know Him who is from the beginning. He writes to young men because they are strong, have the word of God in them and have overcome the evil one.
It’s always encouraging to know that the Bible was not written to beat us over the head with all kinds of harsh sayings and impossible demands! It was written because it is possible for us to know God. Praise be to His glorious name!
Later John says that he is writing to them because they know the truth already. They need no one to teach them for the Holy Spirit is in them and teaches them about all things. As that Spirit (anointing) has taught them, they are to remain in Him!
What great news! The writer isn’t talking down to his readers because he fully realizes that they don’t need him at all! They have the Spirit of truth. It is an echo of what Jesus had told the Apostle John the night before He was crucified.
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” John 16:12-15
Today may you be encouraged, remain in Him and know all truth!!!by